I got four ghost shrimp for each side of my divided tank and they are working out great so far. As said above, provide plenty of cover and you should be fine. My bettas nudged the shrimp and chased them when I first dropped them in, but quickly lost interest. The ghost shrimp come out after lights out to feed while the bettas are lounging on their leaf beds, lol.
I have had 6 ghosties, and to this day none have lived very long, but i blame my filters, and my heating, i just learned, on this thread, that i may have cooked my shrimp in my 2.5 gal. my female ate mine all the others died from my filter sucking them up... so, make sure that your filter and fish don't eat them lol. and PLEASE QT them, i got 'water fleas' in my tank from the ones i bought at walmart! nasty little buggers...
Just at add my 2 cents.....
I haven't read what's going on, but...
I bought 3 Ghost shrimp at Petsmart for like $1.25....I fell in love with them, all alone in their tank with nothing but each other! So I brought them home and quarantined them in a glass jar for a day, with about 4 inches of water. Well, I bumped the table and one shrimp shot upwards, right out of the water and it landed on the side of the jar, STUCK there. I had to pull of several shrimp a day until I added them to the betta tank quite early for fear they'd dry up on the side of the glass.
Ash, Brock, and Misty (Pokemon trio) scuttled around happily in the tank.....3 gallons, with just some sprigs of Anacharis, a tea mug, a couple of bigger fake plants, a silk plant, and a moss ball. Omelette is a ferocious predator and he immediately stalked a shrimp, but as soon as he approached Misty--CHOMP!! Misty stuck out a little claw and grabbed onto Omelette's nose as hard as she could....Om was obviously in pain because he kept jerking side to side, then when she let go he swam into his mug to recover xD
He stopped that until one day I gave Brock to my friend as just a little gift, a cute little pet to have on her desk (all she has is 3 cats)...A couple of weeks later I came home to Om's belly severely bloated, and a big shrimp carcass in front of the tank. Apparently he had eaten her, ripped her open and only eaten the inside. The exoskeleton was all that remained.
Ash is still surviving, but so is Brock because he's alone.
Ash gets by when I feed Om his pellets, I always do it in a certain corner of the tank. While Om is busy stalking his pellets, I drop a couple in an opposite corner and Ash is usually smart enough to swim up to them and grab them.
I highly recommend having a Marimo moss ball....your shrimp will have SO MUCH FUN with it....their bitty little claws can easily be inserted between little "leaves" of moss and can pick out whatever food and dead moss bits it can find.
I had three ghost shrimp in a five gallon tank with my betta and while he appeared to leave them alone for the most part, I noticed he still occasionally attacked them. Within two weeks two of the three were dead and yes, he picked at the carcasses. I moved the remaining shrimp to a less aggressive tank and he did better. It depends on the fish, of course, but for my betta no tankmates is better. Ghosties became expensive treats.
My betta destroyed 3 shrimp in one week. I just introduced 5 new cherries this past week, and he quickly made mincemeat out of two of them within a few days. He finally got the ghost shrimp he has been living with for a while now as well.
I believe, no matter the cover or hiding places, the shrimp will be nipped at, attacked, or even eaten completely if put in a tank with a betta. It is nature! Bettas are aggressive fish. Yeah, I believe they all have personality, but they are all aggressive. Even the most skittish, nervous bettas will eventually see an opening and take it.
My betta has a giant bump in his body from scarfing down the whole shrimp. It looks painful. That is also something to consider.
Just found this post. I was wondering if my betta could or would eat cherry shrimp if he likes to eat ghost shrimp.. From the above posts it looks like the answer is yes. Thanks for chatting about this. :D
I have one 5 gallon with Cherry Shrimp and my betta boy I'm that tank either can't catch them, or doesn't really care. I'm sure if he had a chance he would eat them.
I got a single Amano Shrimp for another tank and I thought he would be more comfortable with other shrimp buddies so I moved 3 of the Cherry Shrimp to that tank. They've disappeared. I think the betta in that tank, Percival, (aka Toruk) took them out. The Amano is surviving so I got two more as buddies for him. They all hide from the swimming shrimp killer, but are happy to run around and pick through the Najas and other plants. They're much bigger than the Cherry Shrimp so I think Percival is a bit hesitant about approaching them. Posted via Mobile Device